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    DescriptionWhy do we dress the way we do? Why has fashion changed and evolved over the centuries? How did the 3-piece suit come about? Why have hemlines risen and fallen over time? In The Anatomy of Fashion, respected fashion commentator Colin McDowell goes beyond standard fashion histories and narrative surveys to answer these questions and many more. Uniquely structured, taking the reader through fashion and dress from head to toe - the whole body is anatomized into sections including 'The Body Unclothed'(Skin and Body Adornment, Materials and Texture, and Colour and Pattern), 'The Body Anatomized'('Head to Waist'and 'Hips to Feet'), and 'The Body Clothed'(Looks and Themes in Dress). Visually rich, with over 500 photographs, illustrations, paintings and film stills, the book includes work by designers and labels such as Ralph Lauren, Chanel, Yves Saint Laurent, Alexander McQueen, Versace, Carhartt, Diesel and more. The book's dynamic structure and layout are equally suited for browsing and for serious reference, but The Anatomy of Fashion is not simply a picture book. It is a sourcebook by one of the world's leading fashion scholars that seeks nothing less than a thorough analysis of the roots of every aspect of fashion today.

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    The Anatomy of Fashion
    Why We Dress the Way We Do
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Colin McDowell
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 358
    Width: 238 mm
    Height: 305 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 2,200 g
    ISBN 13: 9780714849478
    ISBN 10: 0714849472

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    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
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    Libri: BEKL6054, ENTW9054, MODE1500
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    B&T Approval Code: A33801500
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    DC23: 746.9209
    LC classification: GT511 .M39 2013
    Illustrations note
    Phaidon Press Ltd
    Imprint name
    Phaidon Press Ltd
    Publication date
    30 September 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Colin McDowell is a fashion historian and a senior fashion writer for The Sunday Times. He is the author of many books, including Literary Companion to Fashion (1995), Galliano (1997) and Phaidon's Fashion Today (2000).
    Review quote
    Filled with captivating images and noteworthy facts... Accompanying the fascinating images is McDowell's entertaining, witty and knowledgeable commentary, weaving through the centuries with his unique narration... Every angle, ground breaking advertising campaign and historical turning point is collected and considered, their relation to today's fashions captivatingly explained... All the style answers you'll ever need have been carefully considered and collected, so swot up and impress.Inside Out, Top Shop Blog Chic reading material ... [a] stylish [...] fashion lesson...Look ...remind[s] us that the history and implications of fashion are more complicated than we might have supposed, and that our obsession with shirts and skirts is not necessarily a shallow or a new one... lavishly and handsomely illustrated...The Anatomy of Fashion is [...] a lot of fun... Everywhere [there] are passages that beg to be read out loud to entertain one's friends...Prospect Colin McDowell...the senior statesman of the fashion press...breaks fashion history down neatly by examining clothing as it relates to specific body parts. That is, the head, hips, torso, arms, genitals and so on...In Mr. McDowell's book, you will discover details like the difference between bosom shapes of Edwardian matrons and flappers, the evolution of cotton and synthetic textiles, the appeal of bondage wear and even the derivation of corduroy measurements.The New York Times For all the hullabaloo surrounding street style, one often forgets that clothes are first and foremost a means of protecting the body. Colin McDowell is placing new emphasis on this fact, presenting a history of fashion as it relates to human anatomy.Vogue.com The Anatomy of Fashion is such an innovative and intelligent way to narrate and explore fashion. Colin McDowell's mind has the clarity to do this to perfection.Manolo Blahnik